Today Hosts Call Megyn Kelly's Blackface Comments "Indefensible"

Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, Morgan Radford and Al Roker weigh in on the controversy
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"You know," Roker said, shaking his head in disbelief. "You know that no good comes from it."

Turning to Radford, Melvin said, "Thank you for helping us have that conversation."

Around 8:15 a.m., Guthrie and Kotb interviewed twins Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush about their book, Sisters First. But Bush Hager also wanted to take a moment to address Kelly's controversial remarks. "I was part of that panel, and the conversation took a turn none of us expected. I didn't expect it. And I just have to say of course it's wrong. It's wrong. And in a world that is sometimes filled with hate, I think it's more important than ever that we use our voices towards love. That's what we wrote about our grandma; she lived with compassion towards people that are different than her—people she never even knew," Bush Hager said. "I think that now more than ever, we need tomake sure that when the conversation goes that way—towards racial intolerance—we use our voices and we use them loudly, with love and grace."


After throwing it over to Roker, he said, "That got a little awkward. I'm just going to say it!"

In her e-mail, Kelly apologized to her colleagues and vowed to do better. "I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep. I've never been a 'PC' kind of person—but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age," the Megyn Kelly Today host wrote. "This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that."

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